Moscow on the Hudson (Full Screen) [Import]
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Robin Williams will make you laugh and cry as a freedom-loving Soviet defector in this brilliant, thought-provoking romantic comedy. Circus saxophonist Vladimir Ivanoff (Williams) suddenly defects from his touring troupe in that temple of Western decadence - Bloomingdale's. Fleeing the K.G.B., Vladimir wins asylum and moves into the crowded Harlem flat of black security guard Lionel Witherspoon (Cleavant Derricks). Soon he has found both a voluptuous Italian lover Lucia Lombardo (Maria ConchitaAlonso), and a shrewd Cuban lawyer Orlando Ramirez (Alejandro Rey). Though Vladimir learns that life in America can be cold and even painful, he grows to love this strange and wondrous new land. Director Paul Mazursky has truly transformed Vladimir's declaration of independence into a very memorable film.
Robin Williams in his fuzzy, sensitive mode with bittersweet touches plays a musician in a Russian circus who gets talked into defecting by a pal and does so (though the pal bails on him at the last minute)--in the middle of Bloomingdale's. A great concept, to be sure, but writer-director Paul Mazursky doesn't seem to know where to go from there. Williams winds up living in the same kind of poverty that he did in Russia, casting about for a way to make a living while both wallowing and drowning in the sudden tidal wave of freedom. Mazursky wants to make a point about how little we appreciate what we have, but he fails to entertain in the process--or at least to engage in a consistent way. --Marshall Fine --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Good for whole family. Potential teaching opportunity.
Story about an individual taking an unlikely risk and then struggling to make a go of it. Moral: "No guts. No glory." Also: "Nothing ventured. Nothing gained." A moral might also be: "When opportunity arises, take it." Moreover, a lesson might be: "Decisions have cost(s) - some great. Yet, good decisions will probably come with one or more worthwhile benefits/rewards. After all, perseverance usually pays off."
New York part is hectic, but for a convinced Mid-North-westener there is nothing new in this statement, so it's probably realistic enough. Unfortunately, it's just not very interesting either.
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Positively HATED it! I was so disappointed in this movie. I usually adore everything RW is in.Published 6 months ago by Barb
I have been a fan of Robin Williams for a long time. Bought this for our grand daughter as a gift and she said she thoroughly enjoyed this movie as we have in the past.Published on March 20 2013 by The Oldie
This is Robin Williams at his best. He displays a variety of talents. There is good comedy as well as a historical perspective.Published on Oct. 31 2003 by M. Feay